Forbes names Okonjo Iweala African of the Year

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The CNBC annual African of the Year Award has announced Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as the honoree for this year’s award.
The annual African of the Year Award presented by CNBC Africa which began in 2018, honours a change-maker who has demonstrated true leadership excellence, who has a prominent presence on the world stage, and whose influence has played a role in the development of Africa. Paul Kigame of Rwanda was the first to be so honoured during the maiden edition of the Award followed by the immediate past recipient, Akinwunmi Adeshina of African Development Bank (AFDB).
As the recipient of this year’s Award, Okonjo-Iweala will also grace the cover of the Forbes Africa magazine as her predecessors.
According to Forbes Africa, Okonjo Iweala is being honoured as the African of the Year in recognition of her effort to make vaccines available to poor countries and enable equal access to the Covid-19 vaccine.
Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is the chair of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. She is a globally-renowned economist who has served twice as Nigeria’s finance minister, and also rose to prominence as the Managing Director of the Word Bank.
Dr. Ngozi Okonjo Iweala has said she is thrilled to be named Forbes Africa- CNBC ‘2020  African of the Year’.
“Thrilled to be named Forbes Africa-CNBC ‘2020 African of the Year’ following in the footsteps of my great brothers Paul Kagame and Akin Adesina.”
“This award is for fellow Africans suffering the health and economic impact of #Covid19. The energy and resilience of Africans inspire me!” She posted on her social media handles.
Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is also currently vying for the post of the Director General of the World Trade Organization. As a persistent glass ceilings breaker, if she succeeds in her bid she would be the first woman to lead the World Trade Organization just as she is the first woman to receive the CNBC African of the Year Award.
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